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This week in KDE: looking forward towards Plasma 6.1

Saturday, 30 March 2024 | Nate Graham

This week I’d like to highlight a very cool development: the automatic crash reporting facility in the Plasma 6 version of our venerable DrKonqi crash report wizard. Automatic reporting is opt-in, but so far lots of people are opting in, and we’re using this data to get a much better picture of the crashes that our users are actually experiencing than we ever could using Bugzilla! Using this system, at least three such important crashes were fixed this week, two by Fushan Wen (link 1 and link 2) and one by Vlad Zahorodnii (link)–and possibly even more than I missed!

These reports make a difference; they’re not a black hole. So if something crashes, please do use the automatic crash reporting feature in DrKonqi!

In addition, quite a lot of technical and performance work was merged, especially for Discover and the Baloo file indexer. Finally, features and UI polishing are starting to land in Plasma 6.1. In addition to everything listed here, there’s something big that I can’t mention yet since it’s not 100% merged yet, but only 95%! Hopefully next week. 🙂 So stay tuned for that!

New Features

The Power and Battery widget now responds to middle-clicks and scrolls: middle-click will block or re-enable automatic sleep and screen locking, and scrolling will change the active power profile (Natalie Clarius, Plasma 6.1. Link)

UI Improvements

The Power and Battery widget now shows an appropriate icon when you manually block sleep and screen locking (Natalie Clarius, Plasma 6.1. Link 1 and link 2):

Some of the menu items and toolbar buttons in the desktop context menu and global Edit Mode toolbar are now more concise (me: Nate Graham, Plasma 6.1. Link):

The opening and closing animations for expandable List Items in Plasma system tray widgets now respect the global animation speed, and are also a bit faster and more responsive-feeling in general (me: Nate Graham, Plasma 6.1. Link)

“Get new [thing]” dialogs throughout KDE software are now sorted by highest number of downloads first (Ismael Asensio, Frameworks 6.1. Link)

Bug Fixes

Fixed a common crash in Discover related to refreshing KNewStuff content (Harald Sitter, Plasma 6.0.3. Link)

The bug where clicking on certain panel widgets would inappropriately transfer focus to the panel is now actually fixed. It turns out that it was in fact fixed before as well for people living on git master, but I forgot to backport half of it to the stable branch, so it didn’t take effect. Sorry about that. But even if I had, it would have broken other things as it turned out to not be the right fix. This week we have a much better fix that fixes everything and breaks nothing! 🙂 (Niccolò Venerandi, Plasma 6.0.3. Link 1 and link 2)

Power and session actions once again work for people not using the systemd-enabled boot process (David Edmundson, Plasma 6.0.3. Link)

Fixed multiple related issues that would cause panels to switch to a different screen on wake-up or login when using a multi-screen setup with an AMD GPU (David Redondo, Plasma 6.0.3. Link 1, link 2, and link 3)

It’s once again possible to disable Presentation Mode via the same way you enabled it, in the Display Configuration widget (Natalie Clarius, Plasma 6.0.3. Link)

Syncing your settings to SDDM now also syncs the scale factor and screen arrangement correctly on systems where SDDM is running on KWin as a Wayland server rather than Xorg as an X server (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 6.0.3. Link)

Fixed multiple minor glitches with Task Manager window thumbnails related to them being sometimes cut off, displaced, or never showing up at all (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 6.0.3. Link)

Fixed an issue that could cause Discover to crash at launch under certain circumstances (Harald Sitter, Plasma 6.0.4. Link)

In the Plasma X11 session, the Desktop Grid page on the Overview effect can now be closed using the same keyboard shortcut (Meta+G by default) that was used to open it (Niccolò Venerandi, Plasma 6.0.4. Link)

Fixed a case where Plasma could crash after changing the panel position on certain setups (Fushan Wen, Plasma 6.1. Link)

Fixed a case where the Baloo file indexer could crash after you created or renamed files or folders (MĂ©ven Car, Frameworks 6.1. Link)

Other bug information of note:

Performance & Technical

Discover is now much faster about showing reviews for apps, especially when doing so immediately after the app is launched (Harald Sitter, Plasma 6.0.3. Link)

Discover is now also faster about displaying information about large offline updates (Harald Sitter, Plasma 6.0.4. Link)

The Baloo file indexer no longer tries to index content on temporarily mounted file systems, such as network shares and overlayfs mounts (Adam Fontenot, Frameworks 6.1. Link)

The list of recently-accessed files that gets saved to disk by open/save dialogs and other consumers of KFileWidget now gets written to the config file for volatile state data, not user-directed config data (Nicolas Fella, Frameworks 6.1. Link)

…And Everything Else

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